From savoring the Michigan craft beer scene at America's oldest microbrewery to sailing under the stars on Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay or boating through National Wildlife Refuge alongside an expert local guide, Pure Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region is home to experiences that simply can't be had elsewhere!

And while we could never mention all the top things to do on a Michigan vacation here in Bay City, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Midland, and Saginaw, read on to reveal our insider trip ideas for your Great Lakes Bay getaway!

Waterfront Excursions

Appledore Tall Ships | Bay City, MI

Outdoor Adventures

Johnny Panther Quests Adventure Trips | Saginaw, Michigan Ecotours

Family Fun

Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark in Frankenmuth, MI | Top Indoor Waterparks in the World 

Curated Culture

  • Tour the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio in Midland and explore an oasis of mid-century modern architecture, named one of the 25 Best Historic Homes in America.
  • Experience the historically renovated 1927 Temple Theatre in Saginaw, or see a show at the State Theatre of Bay City, the sister theatre to Detroit's Fox Theatre and a favorite for lovers of Art Deco design.
  • Featuring a collection of more than 200 works, discover Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and 20 sculptures in the exquisite Sculpture Garden.
  • Take part in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony at the Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House and peruse what's revered as one of the most authentic Japanese Gardens in all of North America.
  • Enjoy ever-changing art, science, and history exhibits or see live dance, music, and theatre performances, all inside Midland Center for the Arts.
  • Peruse the Saginaw Art Museum with its Italianate gardens, two award-winning modern wings, and a collection of art spanning 4,500 years.
  • Catch a performance at the Dow Event Center or its neighboring outdoor festival and concert venue, Huntington Event Park.

Temple Theatre | Saginaw, MI | Historic Theatres In Michigan

Shopping Spots

Birch Run Premium Outlets in Birch Run, MI | One of the Midwest's largest outlet malls 

Suds and Sips

Midland Brewing Company | Michigan brewery in Midland, MI

While we just offered up some of the top things to do in Michigan's Great Lakes Bay, truth is you could spend a lifetime sampling our six unique cities and the eclectic neighborhoods within and still not experience it all - but you'll have a great time trying while you're here!

Find More Top Things to Do in Michigan by City: 

Bay City Birch Run Chesaning Frankenmuth Midland Saginaw